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Why is fiber internet better than cable?

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Cable was designed for voice and TV, not internet. With fiber internet, data is delivered through light-speed signals over fiber-optic lines. Fiber-optic lines use thin strands of glass or plastic to transmit data using light, which allows for significantly faster, more reliable and more secure data transmission compared to traditional copper-based cables used in cable internet. This means that fiber internet can deliver download and upload speeds that are much faster and more consistent than cable internet.

With cable internet, upload speeds are significantly slower than download speeds – holding back live-streaming TV, video calling, gaming, uploading photos and more. With fiber internet, upload and download speeds are equal and faster. Cable internet also uses a shared bandwidth, often leading to peak-hour slowdowns. With Lumos Fiber Internet, you get a dedicated line running right to your door.

And that’s not all! Fiber internet offers environmental benefits, too. Unlike DSL or coaxial cables that rely on copper, fiber-optic lines require fewer non-renewable natural resources to manufacture. In fact, they’re made from two incredibly abundant elements: silicon and oxygen. How cool is that?

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1. Visa Prepaid Card: Eligible orders of 1 Gig – 2 Gig may receive $200 Visa Prepaid Card. Limited-time offer; subject to change or end without notice. Virtual card is issued by Pathward®, N.A., Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. No cash access or recurring payments. Can be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted online, or phone/mail orders. Valid for up to 6 months; unused funds will forfeit after the valid thru date. Terms and conditions apply. Customer must be current on their bill and in good standing. Customers will be eligible to redeem 90 days after installation.

2. 100% Fiber Optic network not available in all areas. Internet speeds are up to the maximum advertised upload and download speed available based on a wired connection. Wired and wireless speeds may vary by location and are not guaranteed.

3. Free installation is available on select tiers and will vary by market.

4. Promotional Fiber Internet rates are for the first 12 months of service only. Taxes, fees, and surcharges are extra and subject to change at any time. Promotional rates require purchase of listed services as described. Then-current standard rates apply after the 12th month. Limited-time offer; subject to change or end without notice. Offer not valid with any other offer or promotion. Offer is only available to new residential accounts in Lumos markets where fiber is available. Downgrades from existing plans with Lumos will not qualify for discounts. Services are subject to all applicable service terms and conditions found at, subject to change at any time. Equipment and additional services are extra. Service not available in all areas. Restrictions apply. All rights reserved.

5. One month of free service eligible on 1 Gig and 2 Gig fiber internet orders only. Credit will be applied within first four billing cycles. Regular rates apply outside of the one-month discount.Regular rates apply outside of the one-month discount.

6. One month of free Lumos TV Viewer’s Package eligible on plans of 500 Mbps and 1 Gig. Offer available in select markets only. Restrictions apply. Regular rates apply outside of the one-month discount. Taxes and fees extra. The total discount amount applied is equal to the monthly charge for Lumos TV Viewers Package at $100.00, plus the broadcast service charge of up to $35.50.

7. Three months of Enhanced Parental Controls powered by ExperienceIQ® service included on 1 Gig and 2 Gig fiber internet orders only. Offer available in select markets only. Regular rates apply after the three months.